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Courses in Greek

GRK 101

Homeric Greek I

An introduction to Ancient Greek via the language of the Homeric epics, the Iliad and Odyssey. Includes readings and discussions of cultural background.

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1 course

GRK 102

Homeric Greek II

A continuation of GRK 101. Includes readings from Homer. Prepares for GRK 201. Prerequisite: GRK 101 or permission of the department.

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Language GRK 101 or permission of the department 1 course

GRK 205

Greek Prose and Poetry

Review of grammar and reading from representative Greek authors, usually including Homer or Plato. Prerequisite: GRK 101-102. May be repeated for credit.

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Language GRK 101-102 1 course

GRK 211

New Testament Greek

Readings from the New Testament and from contemporary Christian, Jewish and pagan religious literature; the style and vocabulary of Hellenistic Greek. Prerequisite: GRK 101-102 or permission of instructor.

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Language GRK 101-102 or permission of instructor 1 course

GRK 451

Greek Reading

Reading selected according to the interests and abilities of the students. One topic offered each semester, usually chosen from Homer (Iliad or Odyssey), lyric poetry, Greek tragedy, Herodotus, Thucydides or Plato. Exercises in prose composition may be included. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

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Permission of instructor 1/2-1 course

GRK 452

Greek Reading

A continuation of GRK 451.

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1/2-1 course

Courses in Latin

LAT 123

Elementary Latin I

An introduction to classical Latin that emphasizes reading. The course provides a solid foundational knowledge of the Latin sentence structure and a thorough training in English grammar. Includes discussions of Roman life and culture.

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1 course

LAT 124

Elementary Latin II

A continuation of Latin 123, this course broadens and deepens students' understanding of Latin and English grammar to incorporate more complex sentence patterns. Students will read more extended passages of original Latin and continue explorations into Roman life and culture through literature. Prerequisite: Latin 123 or placement

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Language LAT 123 or permission of the department 1 course

LAT 140

Review of Elementary Latin

Intensive review of Latin grammar with an introduction to Latin literature, including selections from Cicero, Caesar, and Virgil. For those students who have prior experience with Latin. This course prepares students for more advanced reading courses in Latin literature and satisfies the language requirement. Open to students who are placed into this level by test results or departmental direction. Not open to those who have credit for LAT 123 or 124.

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Language Placement 1 course

LAT 223

Intermediate Latin

Combines a thorough review of elementary Latin and an introduction to continuous Latin texts from foundational authors such as Cicero, Caesar, Sallust, and Vergil. Teaches strategies for analyzing complex sentences and continuous passages. Includes some prose composition. Prerequisite: LAT 124 or two years of high school Latin (entering students should take the Latin placement exam during orientation) or permission of instructor.

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Language LAT 124 or two years of high school Latin (entering students should take the Latin placement exam during orientation) or permission of instructor. 1 course

LAT 224

Introduction to Latin Poetry

An introduction to Latin poetics, combined with continued review of Latin syntax and morphology. Translation and analysis of selected texts from authors such as Catullus, Ovid, Martial, or Vergil. Prerequisite: LAT 124 or two years of high school Latin (entering students should take the Latin placement exam during orientation) or permission of instructor.

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Language LAT 124 or two years of high school Latin (entering students should take the Latin placement exam during orientation) or permission of instructor. 1 course

LAT 331

Readings in Latin Prose

Advanced reading in Latin prose authors. Sample topics might include philosophical texts, the works of Cicero, or the Roman Novel. The course may include exercises in prose composition. May be repeated for credit if the topic changes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Normally follows Latin 224 or four years of high school Latin.

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Permission of instructor. Normally follows Latin 224 or four years of high school Latin. 1 course

LAT 332

Readings in Latin Poetry

An advanced seminar on one of the following topics: (A) Latin Lyric poetry, with readings from Horace and Catullus; (B) Roman Satire, a history of the only uniquely Roman literary genre, with readings from Lucilius, Horace, and Juvenal; (C) Roman Elegy, with readings from Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid. May be repeated for credit if the topic changes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Normally follows Latin 224 or four years of high school Latin.

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Permission of instructor. Normally follows Latin 224 or four years of high school Latin. 1 course

LAT 341

Roman Drama

Selected plays by Terence, Plautus, and Seneca in both the original Latin and in translation. Study of the history and development of Roman drama and its relationship with Greek drama. May be repeated for credit if the topic changes. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Normally follows LAT 224 or four years of high school Latin.

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Permission of instructor. Normally follows Latin 224 or four years of high school Latin. 1 course

LAT 390

Topics in Latin Literature

An examination of a particular theme, author, or period in Latin literature. This course may include both prose and poetry. Topics may include (for example): Neronian literature, Medieval Latin, and Literature of the Late Republic. This course may be taught in conjunction with the Sunoikisis Classics consortium.

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1 course

LAT 431

Roman Historians

Selections from Livy, Sallust, Tacitus, or Suetonius in Latin and in translation, either concentrating upon an individual author or presenting a survey of roman Historiography. Examination of the process of evidence-gathering and writing history in ancient Rome. May include prose composition. May be repeated for credit if the topic changes.

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1 course

LAT 432

Vergil

An examination not only of Vergil's great masterpiece, The Aeneid, but also his lesser works, the Ecologues and Georgics. Discussion of the pastoral and didactic traditions, as well as the history of Roman Epic poetry. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Normally follows LAT 224 or four years of high school Latin.

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Permission of instructor. Normally follows Latin 224 or four years of high school Latin. 1 course

Courses in the Classics in English

CLST 100

Greek and Roman Mythology

The principal myths and legends of the ancient world, with consideration of the nature of myth, the social origin and evolution of myths, their relation to religion and philosophy and their use in literature and art.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 120

The Ancient Mediterranean World

The Mediterranean world from the beginning of civilization to the end of the Roman Empire: Ancient Near East, Classical Greece, Hellenistic Age, Roman Republic, Roman Empire and the Emergence of Christianity. May count towards European Studies minor.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 153

Ancient Greek World

This course provides a broad survey of Greek history, society, and literature from the mythological origins until the Age of Alexander the Great. Students read widely from Greek primary sources such as Homer, Plato, Herodotus, and Thucydides. Not open to students with credit in CLST 253.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 154

Ancient Roman World

This course provides a broad survey of Roman history, society, and literature from its foundation until the fall of the Roman Empire. Students read widely from Roman primary sources such as Cicero, Vergil, and Tacitus. Not open to students with credit in CLST 254.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 161

Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology

This courses introduces students to the history, theory, and practice of Mediterranean archaeology. The course covers three areas: the rediscovery of Classical antiquity and its effect on European cultural and intellectual development; the basics of field methodology, including the use of technology; and the ethical role of the archaeologists in the interpretation and preservation of cultural remains. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Priority given to first-year students and sophomores.

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Social Science 1 course

CLST 183

Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

Winter or May Term off-campus study project on a theme related to classical studies.

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variable

CLST 197

First-Year Seminar

A seminar focused on a theme related to the study of classical studies. Open only to first-year students.

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1 course

CLST 200

Topics in Classical Studies

Study of a specific topic in Mediterranean civilizations or literature. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

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1 course

CLST 256

The Impact of Empire: Augustus to Constantine

This course will explore the following interconnected questions: How did Rome govern the enormous empire? How did Rome change the cultural and political map of the Ancient Mediterranean World? To what extent and how did the presence of the Roman rule transform the local and regional cultures? How did the expansion of the Empire have a reverse impact on the 'Roman Culture'? How were the 'barbarians' viewed at Rome?

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 262

Egyptian, Aegean and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology

This course studies the art and archaeology of the early civilizations of Egypt, the Near East, the Aegean Sea, and Italy. The course begins with Paleolithic occupation in the Mediterranean, continues through the invention of agriculture and the first communities in the Neolithic, and follows the rise of the first cities and Empires through the Mediterranean-wide collapse that occurred at the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1100 BC). Offered in alternate spring semesters.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 263

Greek, Etruscan and Persian Art and Archaeology

This course covers the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean from the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1100 BC) to the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC). The course examines the major cities, sanctuaries and burial grounds of the Persians, Assyrians, Israelites, Greeks, and Etruscans. Special attention is given to the growth of urbanism and international trade during this period and their effects on material culture. Offered in alternate fall semesters.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 264

Hellenistic and Roman Art and Archaeology

This course examines the artistic and architectural monuments of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman world from the death of Alexander the Great through the end of the western Roman Empire (323 BC-AD 476). Issues may include: the archaeology of the economy and trade, the question of romanization (the archaeology of imperialism), iconography of political power, the material experience of everyday life, and the art of engineering. Offered in alternate spring semesters.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 273

Why? The Quest for Meaning

"Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question," wrote Albert Camus, the Nobel Prize winning Algerian author. In this course Ancient Greek and Roman writers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Lucretius launch the exploration of that fundamental question. That exploration, the quest for meaning, hinges upon the inescapable questions that these artists and philosophers pose again and again: What is a good life? What is happiness? What is the relationship between life's worth and the meaning of life?

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 274

Backroads, Witchcraft, Romance: The Ancient Novel

Ancient popular literature offers a portrait of the Mediterranean world that depicts figures underrepresented in other ancient literature, such as women, slaves, bandits, witches, merchants, and practitioners of mystery religions. Works include Greek authors of popular literature such as Lucian and Longus, The Life of Aesop and Aesop's fables, the Roman novels Petronius' Satyricon and Apuleius' Metamorphoses (or The Golden Ass). No prior knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture is required for this course.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 283

Classica Africana

Explores the ways in which modern literature of peoples of African descent engages with ancient Hellenic and Roman literature. This course may concentrate on African American literature, women writers, or literature of the African Diaspora. Example topics include how the art of Derek Walcott's Omeros, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Toni Morrison's Beloved, and Rita Dove's Mother Love riffs on such works of classical literature as Homer's Odyssey, Euripides' Medea and The Homeric Hymn to Demeter.

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Arts and Humanities-or-Privilege, Power And Diversity 1 course

CLST 300

Topics

The advanced study of a specific topic in Mediterranean civilizations or literature. Recent courses have treated such topics as Plato on Love and Pleasure, Gender in the Greek and Roman World, Damnation and Salvation, Socrates--The Mind and the Myth, Great Archaeological Discoveries, Greek and Roman Law, and Ancient History and Film. May be repeated for credit with topic changes. Information on upcoming topics courses can be found on the departmental Web page.

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1 course

CLST 310

Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology

A study of a specific topic in Mediterranean archaeology. Recent courses have treated such topics as Pompeii, the Archaeology of North Africa, and the Archaeology of Israel. May be repeated for credit with topic changes. Information on upcoming topics courses can be found on the department web page.

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1 course

CLST 351

Airs, Waters, Places: Classics and the Environment

This course repurposes the title of "Airs, Waters, Places," a Hippocratic treatise on the influence of place upon human health. In line with the Hippocratic investigation into the relationship between environment and human health, this course explores how ancient Greek and Roman thinkers and artists conceive of the environment and its role in shaping human culture and how the environment, in turn, informs the ideas and art of ancient Greek and Roman writers. Topics may include ancient conceptions and representations of the cosmos (ecology), wilderness, farming, and pastoral poetry.

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Arts and Humanities 1 course

CLST 361

GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology

This course introduces students to methods, theories and practice in archaeology and information technology, especially GIS (Geographic Information Systems). In addition to discussion sessions on survey archaeology, GIS and archaeology, and information systems in archaeology, students work in groups to complete and archaeological practicum in which they design and implement a research project and then use GIS to display and analyze their data. The course is offered on-line (synchronously) in conjunction with three other colleges.

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1 course

CLST 454

Senior Seminar

A seminar on a specific topic in the field of classical studies. Students will complete a major paper or project in conjunction with the course. Open only to majors.

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1 course

CLST 455

Independent Senior Thesis

Outstanding students in Classical Civilization, Latin, or Greek may choose to complete an intensive independent research project in their senior year. The project culminates in a written thesis (approx. 30-40 pages) and a public presentation of their research. The thesis is directed by a faculty member in the Department of Classical Studies. Thesis proposals must be approved by the Department of Classical Studies before a student can register for CLST 455.

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1 course